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What To Wear: Visiting His Family for the Holidays

So he spent Thanksgiving with you and your family now it’s time for you to head to his folks’ place for Christmas. Well, that all sounds like a fun time until you start freaking out about what to wear!

No worries!

First, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Where will you be going? (i.e. city, country, cold state or warm place)
  2. How long will you be there? (you’re going to need more than one outfit)
  3. Is it casual or formal?

Once you have the answers to those questions, it’s waaaay easier to narrow down your outfit choices.

If you’re still having trouble figuring it all out…I’m here to help!

Here are several plus size outfit ideas for any weather.

 

 

look one

 

Look one is perfect for the casual holiday gathering and features a cute versatile plus size Danica top from Fashion To Figure, Lena black stretch pants from Lane Bryant and square gift box Kate Spade¬†clutch that I am absolutely DYING to have in my collection right now! (Hint hint wink wink ūüôā )

 

holiday look two

 

Look two is just a little bit more fancy/dressier than look one but still has all the comfort. A gorgeous “darling batwing” peplum top in a creamy white color from Fashion To Figure that will hide any problem areas (uh win!) Attention! jeweled shoes from Kmart (yes, THAT Kmart) in a perfect shade of camel. The featured gold DVF bag is currently sold out on Nordstrom.com but you can find similar bags by clicking here¬†or visit DVF.com. Coated black pants that will more than likely have you feeling sexier than ever from Lane Bryant. Your man will probably want to rip them off of you once the night is over!

 

 

 

holiday look three

 

Look three gives you wonderful plus size outfit ideas that are dressier and well, um…dresses (and a skirt)! If you’ll attend a more formal event/dinner with his family, these dresses are shape flattering and perfect for any holiday dinner event! I tried to pick dresses that stayed within a “holiday color scheme” so you won’t stick out in a bad way. The red & black lace trimmed dresses are from Eloquii, the black velvety soft princess seem dress is from eshakti (which custom fits your clothes with the measurements you send them! From size 0-36W, they’ll be sure to give you a great piece! Last but not least, the Dia chevron foil skirt from Fashion To Figure. Bonus, these dresses can totally be worn more than once to any type of shindig later on. The shoes are in no particular order, mix and match as you please!

 

Each holiday look idea, is featured with a dressier shoe. Whether it’s a flat or a heel, be sure that whatever shoe you choose is comfortable enough to wear for a couple of hours. You can also pull your sneakers out of the car or carry some really comfy slipper socks in your purse for this exact occasion! I’m sure his folks will understand.¬†Of course with most of America having a “heat wave” it’s kind of hard to dress for 60+ degrees in December so those looks are all perfect with or without a coat.

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Back To School–Plus Size Denim 3 Ways

Pretty sure you aren’t ready to hear the words “Back To School.”

Well, I won’t apologize just yet!

If you’re in college, thinking about what to wear to class is the last thing on your mind. You’re worrying about the cost of books, semester credits, and that weird thing your roommate does in her sleep. Side note, my college roommate was a sleepwalker and totally tried to smother me with a pillow one night…she managed to wake up before my untimely death. FYI: we’re still friends but that’s neither here nor there so I’ll just move right along ūüôā

Is there a better way to take your mind off all of those stressful college things than clothes?! Personally, I think not! Previously, I created a “Back To School Bag Guide”¬† for every type of student, better known as the “Bag” To School Guide for any budget. This year, I wanted help my fellow book hoarders with outfit ideas.

First up: DENIM! Plus size jeans (denim) don’t have to be expensive (just like everything else in the mall.) They’re perfect for dressing up, dressing down and anything in between.

Here’s three back to school looks¬†for 2014.

 

Back To School Plus Size Denim: Look #1

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Back To School Denim: Look #2

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Plus Size Back To School Denim: Look #3
What did you think of those three outfit ideas?
All are easy to shop for, affordable, on trend, and totally suitable for going back to class! Be sure to add your own touches to make each look personalized for you. Hopefully these looks will give your brain a boost before hitting the books (definitely a lot less stressful than finals in a few months!)
Almost forgot…I’m sorry for mentioning school.

Classic Style: Plus Size Outfit Ideas


Remember the basics?

 

The classics?

 

It’s so easy to forget these days with new trends popping up every other week. Yes, some trends are dope and fun to wear but sometimes, you just want to wrap yourself in a regular pair of boyfriend jeans and a tee!

 

Recently, I was selected by¬†La Redoute¬†(a fashion store based in the UK) to participate in a competition for fashion bloggers. This competition gives a special blogger a chance to become La Redoutes’ Brand Ambassador and win a trip to Paris! If you’ve been reading along here, you know that I absolutely LOVE Paris!

 

Needless to say, I hopped on this opportunity! The competition was to simple create a post to display MY personal Style Secrets. This is what this post is about…the classics. My absolute fave classic pieces are just that, jeans and crisp white top.

 

 

 

classic style

 

classic style by curvesandcoffee featuring slipon shoes

 

 

 

This look can be worn dressed up or dressed down, on the weekends or even running errands during the week. ¬†I gave you guys two different ways to wear one outfit and you’ll look great in either one!

 

 

Looking for more classic pieces, jump here (Secrets to French Style by La Redoute) to see what my favorite city in the whole entire world is up to. No one does classic like the French!

 

 

Friday Faves: Spring Worthy Plus Size Clothing Trends


Has winter left you feeling blue or blah?

 

The bulky coats….

The heavy layers….

 

Blah.

 

 

Nothing better than shopping or “eye-buying” to get you out of that funk!

 

Spring shopping can be such a task for a northern girl. When you wake up to 70 degrees and fall asleep to 25 degrees…it’s not much you can buy and/or wear to prepare for such extremes. This doesn’t stop a girl from craving all things pretty though! Actually, it makes me want to hit the stores more.

 

My trip through the ‚Äúeye-buying‚ÄĚ mall included stops at¬†DSW,¬†Saks, and¬†One Stop Plus¬†to name a few. All have awesome deals on lust-worthy spring styles and you absolutely can‚Äôt pass up a deal! Of course my adoration for¬†McQueen¬†wouldn‚Äôt let me have a shopping trip without him! Here are a few things that I can’t wait to purchase and style when the weather finally (officially) breaks.

 

 

 

Just Lace IT

 

Just Lace IT by curvesandcoffee featuring ballet flats

 

 

1. White Lace Inset Top ~ $40 ~ One Stop Plus

 

2.  Skull Lace Print Back Pack ~ $1,995 ~ Alexander McQueen

 

3. Black Lace Inset Top ~ $40 ~ One Stop Plus

 

4. French Follies Zeal Ballet Flat ~ $20 ~ DSW

 

5. Joan & David Cutie Platform Pump ~ $90 ~ DSW

 

6. Givenchy Floral Lace Slip-on Sneaker ~ $650 ~ Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

I’m currently craving L A C E!

 

Can you tell?

 

Lace is the perfect way to say “hey, I’m a girl and like to be pretty” without really having to say anything. There’s more feminine trends and wishful buys coming soon….hopefully a few of these things make their way into my closet!

Spring Ahead: Plus Size Fashion & Radiant Orchid


(Ahhhhhhhh)

 

That’s a collective sigh of relief knowing spring is right around the corner! Even though it doesn’t feel like spring in most of the states, we can still see what the season has to offer our closets!

 

 

Earlier this year,¬†Pantone¬†(“the world-renowned authority on color”) introduced us to Radiant Orchid, the 2014 color of the year.

 

 

 

 

Naturally, it’s bright and vibrant just in time for the weather to take a glorious turn! So, how can we incorporate this juicy color into our wardrobes now (and later?)

 

 

Let’s start with items you can easily add to update your outfits now:

 

 

 

Wear It Now: Pantone Color of the Year

 

 

 

 

Here are a few things for later:

 

 

 

Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Wear it Later

 

 

 

 

As the season continues (or gets started) there will be lots more to choose from. So now that we have a few options, are you willing to add Radiant Orchid to your wardrobe?

The Curvy Girls Guide to Valentine’s Day Outfit: Girls Night Out or Date Night

Partying and getting tipsy with the girls or snuggling up to the boyfriend after a nice date?

Whatever your plans may be, you’re going to need a killer outfit!

Luckily for you, I’ve got a few ideas for you to choose from.

Let’s start with a night out with the boy…You can find these fabolous pieces at online stores like; loveculture.com :: plussizefix.com :: baublebar.com and more! Simply click the photos!!

Date Night on Valentines Day

A sexy dress (perfect for this date night outfit) that’s going to hug all of your curves but still covers problem areas (if you have them of course.) Be sure to grab a coat or jacket if you’re anywhere near the 60% of the snow covered states. Keep the accessories simple, that way your honey can keep his eyes on your curves. Plus, overdoing it isn’t an option…think less disco ball and more discreet bling.

Now if you night includes dinner and bar hopping with your favorite gal pals, this outfit is for you!

Valentine's Day: Girls Night Out

 

This outfit choice is where you want to have a little more fun! Try new prints or different fits of your regular club clothes…this way, the jitters of wearing things outside your comfort zone won’t be a problem because you’re with your girls! Pair skinny jeans/leggings with a basic tee and dress it up with the accessories. It’s ok to brighten it up on this night.

 

 

There you have it!

Hopefully, these ideas takes away the stress of finding something to wear next weekend. Just focus on having fun!

 

 

Remember to check out these dating tips featured earlier in the week.





Personal Style Meets Trendy: Shopping for Plus Size Clothes


Personal style, do you have it?

 

Being a style and fashion writer comes with tons of responsibility. I owe it to you guys to share what I know about being a caffeinated curvy girl with a fashion mind. Sometimes, people ask about my own personal style… What do you wear on a date? Are jumpers ok to wear? Would you wear a jumper? and things like that. Usually, a quick answer will do but sometimes it’s much better to show than to tell.

 

Surprisingly, I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Not that I don’t wear heels, skirts, and dresses…it’s just easier (and quicker when you’re always running late) to grab those jeans/jeggings and run out the door. The best thing you *and I* can add to a simple casual outfit to make it stylish?

 

Here’s a HINT: They’re a girls best friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Style: Jeans & T-Shirt

 

 

 

Diamonds.

 

Diamonds.

 

Diamonds.

 

A little sparkle goes a long way!

 

 

 

Of course a girl can’t be a stylish fashionista without wearing something UBER chic! Enter my idea of cutting edge! By pairing colors you’d never think would go together, you’ll have a one of a kind outfit! Don’t be afraid to try new styles and textures curvy girls!

 

 

 

Personal Style: Cutting Edge

 

 

 

 

 

The white hot sparkles featured in these style boards are via jeweler¬†Brilliant Earth. I’ve always admired this company for their conflict free diamonds. If you’ve ever joined me on¬†Pinterest, you’ll see tons of rings, bracelets, and earrings pinned from their site. Being able to purchase diamonds that are from ethically safe regions and mines is very important. Brilliant Earth makes sure the workers are well taken care of. You can read more about Brilliant Earth’s ethical practices and their effort to change the way diamonds are sourced…here.

 

As much as I want to share my outfits in real time with you guys, it’s just a hard task with everything going on but never fear…soon my stylish sweets…soon!

 

 

 

(Disclaimer: I was not paid or given goods to mention Brilliant Earth in this post nor am I affiliated with Brilliant Earth in any kind of way. I was asked to participate in a Personal Style Post for fashion bloggers who have great style.)

It Was The Winter


One day, I wore a hoodie.

 

The next day, I wore a thin jacket.

 

Today, I’m wearing a parka, hat, scarf, gloves, and several layers!

 

Not too sure about where you guys are but if it’s anywhere in the states, you’re probably freezing right about now! Even the southern states (which are usually in the 60-70 degree range) this time of year are experiencing frigid temps. Not to mention my friends on the west coast…they’re not too sure how to cope with “Winter 2013”, trust me…I have the text message conversations to prove it!

 

So what’s a curvy girl to do if she’s living in this current arctic air?

 

She shops for a stylish, trendy, and warm coat of course!

 

 

 

Meet six jackets and coats that are right on trend for whatever temps you’re facing out there…

 

 

Baby Its Cold Outside

Baby Its Cold Outside by curvesandcoffee featuring a biker jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus size fashion shouldn’t be a hard thing to shop for and that’s why I’m here! Here to help more curvy girls during times like¬†Winter Storm Dion.¬†I’m willing to do the research and shopping so you don’t have to! These plus size winter coats are curvy girl approved and ready to be the new addition to your winter wardrobe!

 

Stylish.

 

Trendy.

 

Ready for the weather because, “Baby, it’s cold outside!”

Fall Fashion Trends: Savvy Savers Edition


Time to shop and save!

 

Just like last week, when we viewed some of the¬†most expensive items for the fall fashion trends, we’re going to take a look at more affordable trendy pieces.

 

 

Where can plus size women find trendsetting fashion, you ask…

 

Here’s the answer, trend by trend…

 

 

 

 

Where to buy

 

1) $35 ~ Camo Sneaker ~ GUESS

 

2) $25 ~ Camo Skinny Jeans ~ Deb Shops

 

3) $64 ~ Camo 501 ~ New Balance

 

4) $50 ~ Halter Maxi Dress ~ Ashley Stewart

 

5) $69 ~ Twill & Leather Jacket ~ Dollhouse

 

 

 

Where to buy (clockwise from left)

 

$50 ~ Multi-zip Jacket ~ Ashley Stewart

 

$128 ~ Harlow Biker Jacket ~ City Chic

 

$36 ~ Faux Leather Sleeveless Top ~ ING

 

$59 ~ Frill Blondie Jacket ~ One Stop Plus

 

 

 

 

Where to buy 

 

 

 

1) $8 ~ Plaid Leggings ~ Rue 21

 

2) $27 ~ Snapback Baseball Hat ~ Debshops

 

3) $27  ~ Destructed Skinny Jeans ~ Debshops

 

4) $35 ~ Harrison Boot by Route 66 ~ KMart

 

5) $17 ~ Sleeveless Flannel Top ~ Rue 21

 

6) $19 ~ Lace-Up Bootie by Bongo ~ KMart

 

 

But wait!

 

There’s more….

 

I have a penchant for expensive things but the budget of a pauper. So when it’s time for me to ACTUALLY pull the trigger and buy something, you better believe I’m making a well-thought budget conscious decision. Although, there are several items I don’t mind spending a little extra money on and those pieces are usually wardrobe staples. Think, classic and timeless but when it comes to trends…I’m definitely the cheap chic chick!

 

 

 

 

 

Where to buy (from left to right)

 

$26 ~ Mossimo Peep Toe Pump ~ Target

 

$79 ~ Go Grey Military Jacket by Last Kiss ~ Alight

 

$37 ~ Aldo Black & White Studded Satchel ~ ASOS

 

$22 ~ Black Moto Vest by Bongo ~ Kmart 

 

$40 ~ Snake Print Stilettos ~ Target

 

 

 

 

Where to buy (clockwise)

 

$60 ~ Military Jumpsuit ~ Ashley Stewart

 

$64 ~ Lulu by Lulu Guinness ~ JCPenney

 

$14 ~ Xhilaration Patent Pump ~ Target

 

 

 

Where to buy

 

1) $68 ~ BCBGeneration Tote ~¬†Macy’s

 

2) $98 ~ Steve Madden Satchel ~¬†Macy’s

 

3) $178 ~ Legacy Flap Clutch ~ Coach

 

 

 

See, it’s easy to stay on trend, in style, and on budget! Let’s thank our lucky shopping stars for stores like Target, Ashley Stewart, OSP, Macy’s, and JCPenney! If you want reminisce about the drool worthy items from last week, be sure to CLICK~~~>¬†HERE (Colors Part One)¬†and¬†HERE (90’s Grunge Part Two)

 

Time to go shopping!